Dr Cyril Ofori is a consulting general cardiologist at Euracare Ghana. Dr Ofori obtained his MB.Ch.B from the University of Ghana Medical School and underwent a postgraduate fellowship in cardiology at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital and University Hospital of Cleveland in the USA. In 1996, Dr Ofori became Assistant Professor of Medicine with the Case Western Reserve University and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine with Ohio State Medical Centre in Columbus. In 2010, Dr Cyril Ofori joined Bloomington Medical Services as Chief Medical Officer and Chief of Cardiology at Wooster Community Hospital in Ohio, USA.
Non-Invasive Investigations and Invasive Management of Heart Conditions
Cardiac catheterization is a procedure used to diagnose and treat abnormalities in the arteries and chambers of the heart. The specificity of this procedure is that, instead of resorting to “open” surgery, the interventional cardiologist inserts a long thin tube called a catheter into an artery through a tiny incision.
Cardiac catheterization is much less invasive than open surgery, which has four main benefits:
- The procedure is performed under local anaesthesia
- The recovery time is reduced from several weeks to a few days
- Complication rates are lower
- No scars
Heart and coronary conditions and diseases that can be treated through cardiac catheterization include:
- Atherosclerosis- a gradual clogging of the arteries by fatty materials and other substances in the blood stream
- Cardiomyopathy- an enlargement of the heart due to thickening or weakening of the heart muscle
- Congenital heart disease- defects in one or more heart structures that occur during foetal development, leading to abnormal blood flow within the heart.
- Heart failure- condition in which the heart muscle has become too weak to pump blood well,
- Heart valve disease- malfunction of one or more of the heart valves that can affect blood flow within the heart
We have an extensive experience in performing all major cardiac catheterization procedures, including:
- Angioplasty- a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated, pressing any plaque build-up against the artery wall and improving blood flow through the artery
- Stent placement- a tiny metal mesh coil or tube at the end of the catheter is expanded inside an artery to keep it open
- Balloon valvuloplasty- a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter is inflated, stretching and opening up a valve that had been preventing from functioning fully by a birth defect
- Trans aortic valve implantation (TAVI)- a stent is placed inside the valve and expanded to treat the narrowed valve, without the need for an open heart operation
Dr Ayetey qualified at the University of Cambridge and trained in General Internal Medicine in the London and Oxford Deaneries before returning to Cambridge as a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Fellow and Specialty Registrar in Cardiology where his research led to a PhD in Cardiovascular Medicine. Dr Ayetey subsequently completed a sub-specialty Fellowship in Advanced Cardiac Imaging at the Royal Brompton Hospital in the UK. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast School of Medical Sciences and runs clinics in Internal Medicine and Cardiology at Euracare where he also leads the Advanced Cardiac Imaging (Cardiac MRI and CT) service. He is a member of the Royal College of Physicians (London), European Society of Cardiology, European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and a Fellow of the Ghanaian Society of Cardiology.
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